Gonzaga Nips UW Baseball, 8-6, In Marathon

April 2, 2002

SEATTLE - Jeff Culpepper's bases-loaded, two-out single in the ninth inning drove in tworuns to break a 6-6 tie and lead Gonzaga to an 8-6 win over Washington Tuesdayevening in a non-conference, four-hour marathon at Husky Ballpark.

The Bulldogs (15-14) loaded the bases with one out before Husky closerTyler Shepple (Arvada, Colo.) struck out Gonzaga slugger Nate Gold, who hit hisschool-record tying 21st home run of the season earlier in the game. Culpepper,however, followed Gold by lining a single through the left side of the infieldon a full-count pitch. UW reliever Brian Barton (Richland) suffered the loss tofall to 0-1 as Washington's record dropped to 12-11-1.

After the Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single fromAaron Hathaway (Vancouver/Columbia River), Gold put the Bulldogs ahead with athree-run blast in the third inning. Through only 29 games (and with 27 left toplay), Gold, a senior from Centerville, Utah, has already hit 21 home runs,tying the GU single-season record, set by Jeff Hainline in 1984.

Washington fought back with single runs in the third and fourth. In the third,Mike Wagner (Woodinville) tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from juniorJay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian). In the fourth, shortstop Tila Reynolds(Renton/Liberty) singled to plate Michael Done (Littleton, Colo.), tying thescore at 3-3.

In the fifth, UW freshman starter Will Fenton (Kingston/North Kitsap) loaded thebases to open the inning on a single and two walks, but reliever Scott Robertson(Mercer Island) struck out the next three Bulldog batters in a row to preservethe tie at 3-3.

Gonzaga went in front 5-3 with a pair of runs in the seventh. Culpepper led offwith a double and Brian Munhall singled to put runners at the corners. After anout, Garth Blumberg and Kyle Rajsich drove in the two runs with back-to-backsingles.

The Huskies scored three runs on two homers in the bottom of the seventh to goin front, 6-5. Tyler Davidson, a junior from Edmonds (Meadowdale) belted a one-out solo shot, his fifth of the year, before Bryan Johnson, a junior fromEphrata, came in as a pinch hitter and pulled a Brad Welker pitch over the wallin right with a man on.

But the Zags tied it back up in the eighth when Kevin Cave's single just overthe outstretched glove of Reynolds at shortstop drove in Gold, who had doubled.Washington had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but GUcloser Eric Everson got a double play to end the threat. Everson (1-2) got thevictory after working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth, strikingout the final two Husky hitters.

Hathaway, the Huskies' freshman catcher, finished the day 5-for-5 with threesingles and two doubles. Munhall had three hits to lead the Bulldogs.

The two teams go at it again Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the final game ofthe brief, two-game series.

LINESCOREGonzaga 8, Washington 6Gonzaga        003 000 212 -- 8 13 0Washington     011 100 300 -- 6 16 1Kyle Nearhood, Greg Brooks (5), Brad Welker (6), Eric Everson (8) and BrianMunhall. Will Fenton, Scott Robertson (5), Josh Conover (7), Greg Colburn (7),Trevor Gibson (7), Brian Barton (8), Tyler Shepple (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W -Everson (1-2). L - Barton (0-1). 2B - GU, Eric Rodland, Jeff Culpepper, NateGold, UW, Tyler Davidson, Hathaway 2. 3B - UW, Mike Wagner. HR - GU, Gold (21),UW, Tyler Davidson (5), Bryan Johnson (5). T - 4:05. A - 506.
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